The name created for Tux's female counterpart in order to satisfy the computer game convention of a token female character. Gown appears in XTux and Tux, A Quest for Herring. Other names for female Tux's are Tuxette, though I think Gown is more appropriate.

Gown (?), n. [OE. goune, prob. from W. gwn gown, loose robe, akin to Ir. gunn, Gael. gun; cf. OF. gone, prob. of the same origin.]

1.

A loose, flowing upper garment

; especially: (a)

The ordinary outer dress of a woman; as, a calico or silk gown

. (b)

The official robe of certain professional men and scholars, as university students and officers, barristers, judges, etc.; hence, the dress of peace; the dress of civil officers, in distinction from military

.

He Mars deposed, and arms to gowns made yield. Dryden.

(c)

A loose wrapper worn by gentlemen within doors; a dressing gown

.

2.

Any sort of dress or garb.

He comes . . . in the gown of humility. Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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